Don Bosco’s secured a McAlinden Cup semi-final sport after a hard fought 3-1 extra-time victory over Brandywell Harps in Sunday’s Derry and District action.
Elsewhere, there was victory for Campbell’s Bar in the big Waterside derby as the Spencer Road boys put four past Top of the Hill while in Section Two, Lisahally hit six in a victory against Oxford.
Meanwhile, the Section 2 game between Phoenix and Tristar was abandoned after 35 minutes after Tristar player Mark Ruddy sustained a suspected broken leg. Everyone connected to both clubs and the league wish Mark a speedy recovery.
Section 1: Campbell’s Bar 4, Top of the Hill Celtic 2; Section 2: Oxford 2, Lisahally 6
McAlinden Cup Quarter-Final: Brandywell Harps 1, Don Bosco’s 3 (aet).
Lishally came at Oxford from the first minute, taking the lead early on with a Mark Duffy ‘thunderbolt’. Duffy soon doubled his tally when he finished well from a corner. Oxford where rocking it went from bad to worse when Shane Whoriskey finished well.
Oxford changed things with Padraig Doherty dropping into midfield and it paid early dividends as he picked out Darren Crossan who played in Davey McCormack to reduce the deficit. Doherty was now controlling the game and when McCormack got his second, Oxford were right back into the match and with the first half closing, Doherty brought a great save from the Lishally keeper.
However, just as it looked like Oxford were set to push for victory in the second half, Lisahally regrouped, showing great passion and putting together some decent passing moves to move 4-2 up through Aidan O’Kane.
Aidan Cusack then cracked the bar for Oxford but Lisahally went up the pitch with Harkin completing his hat-trick. Lishally then made it 6-2 with a good finish from Jarlath canning to secure a well deserved victory.